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SEPT 29, 2021 / SAVE THE DATE!


LIFT 2021 is going to be an event to remember! Mark your calendars and keep checking back for more information! Thank you so much for your support! And don’t forget to Lead and Inspire, wherever you are. Cheers!



Is a platform designed to engage, entice, and educate our up-and-coming young professionals about what Wyoming has to offer! LIFT Wyoming was born in 2018 our of SHEER determination to take a stand in shaping the perspective of Wyoming’s high school students toward the amazing opportunities Wyoming has to offer as young professionals. This, along with instilling and modeling leadership, and teaching our Wyoming kids they have the POWER and ABILITY to shape their own futures and the future of our great state is what is at the heart of LIFT Wyoming.


Join us for an amazing opportunity to hear from Wyoming’s leaders from across the state. We are so excited to see you all there! It’s Gonna Be Great! 

Speaker Lineup

Chad Varga
Opening Keynote Speaker

Chad Varga

Former NBA Basketball Player & National Motivational Speaker - The Chad Varga Company

Why Chad?

Chad Varga is INCREDIBLY cool because he should have been a statistic, but instead he beat insurmountable odds and every obstacle before him to become a highly decorated professional basketball player. Then, at the height of his career with contracts guaranteeing financial security for him and his family, he left it all to pursue a greater purpose: helping others achieve their dreams no matter the odds and obstacles before them.



And, he can't wait to...

…Be in front of Wyoming students and inspire them to be the very best versions of themselves. He will create a fire inside of you! Encourage you. CHANGE you! Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?!

Panelist and Speaker

Megan Grassell

Founder/CEO - Yellowberry

Why Megan?

Megan started Yellowberry when she was 17 years old, a junior in high school. She took her sister shopping to buy her first bra, and was shocked that everything for her and girls her age was incredibly overly-sexualized. She had the idea to build a brand that would create bras for girls in fun colors and styles while also being age- appropriate. Seven years later, she is now a multi million dollar company that has expanded to make bras, underwear, lounge and activewear for girls 8-15 across the country and globe!

She was named to TIME’s list of Most Influential Teens, a Forbes 30 Under 30, and was even featured on the TODAY Show, GMA, NYTimes, Fortune, Fast Company, and more. Best of all, she was born and raised in our great state of Wyoming. 


And, she can't wait to...

talk about how she started Yellowberry. Everything from the initial idea, building a website and prototypes to finding a factory and launching. Then, her experience in building her own team, scaling a company, raising funds, working with nationwide partners, etc. And doing all of this as a young woman with no prior experience brings up its own set of challenges.

Amy Surdam
Panelist and Speaker

Amy Surdam

President/COO - Array Foundation/Stitches Acute Care Center

Why Amy?

Amy rocks because following more than twenty years in healthcare,  she was the co-founder of Children’s Museum of Cheyenne, served as the Executive Director of the Downtown Development Authority, then ran for Mayor of Cheyenne in 2016, coming in second out of eleven candidates. After the campaign, she was appointed the Aeronautics Administrator for the State of Wyoming where she helped some amazing people secure funding for a new air service program in Wyoming and regain air service in Cheyenne.  

She also has a long history of military service with more than seventeen years as an officer and health care provider in the Wyoming Army National Guard. She loves the Army and her sisters and brothers whom she was so fortunate to serve with.   

Her and her husband own Stitches Acute Care Center and have been in the Urgent Care business since 2005 and really strive to provide affordable, accessible healthcare to residents and visitors. We consider ourselves pioneers and industry leaders for telemedicine and affordable health care models such as offering memberships to patients.

Amy is also an active mentor for entrepreneurs and women. Through endeavors such as Breakthrough 307, The Array School of Technology and Design, and Girls Who Code, she is determined to help others succeed.


And, she can't wait to...

…talk to the students about embracing challenges to find amazing outcomes

Eric Trowbridge
Closing Keynote Speaker

Eric Trowbridge

CEO - Array

Why ET?

Eric, less formally known as ET, was an absolute crowd favorite from LIFT 2019, and SO, we invited him back to close out this year’s conference. ET’s passion will inspire you with his realization that we only get one chance at this thing called life. He is unafraid to try new things and fail at them if he has to! He insists that is how we learn and grow.


And, he can't wait to...

…talk about how we can tap back into Wyoming’s rich history of being a pioneering state set forth by our ancestors. He is excited to chat about his life’s experiences, both growing up in Wyoming, working for Apple, and then coming home to build a school designed for the future… Array! Wyoming’s best days are still ahead, and he’s convinced you can become part of telling that story!

Lift Schedule

LIFT WYOMING 2020 Will be hosted on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at The Lyric In Downtown Casper

230 W. Yellowstone Hwy, Casper, WY 82601


LIFT Event Schedule

8:00 am – 8:30 am – Registration-Don’t Be Late!

8:30 am – 8:45 am – Opening Remarks

8:45 am – 9:45 am – Opening Keynote Speaker

10:00 am – 10:45 am – Speaker Panel Q&A 

11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Speaker Sessions (3 speakers, 3 rooms) 

12:00 pm – 12:50 pmLunch Provided

1:00 pm  – 2:30 pm – Community Breakouts (Including 8 different locations within walking distance of our base at The Lyric in downtown Casper)

3:00 pm – 3:45 pm – Closing Keynote Speaker

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm – Closing Remarks

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm – Reception – Mingle With Speakers




**Please Note: While LIFT is in partnership with Wyoming schools, this is NOT a school event. Parents MUST excuse their kids from school this day.






The Lyric-Casper Wyoming

230 W Yellowstone Hwy, Casper, WY 82601

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